5 Easy TikTok Life Hacks for Content Creators in School

Is it so wrong to think you can use lifehacks in school to take world-class photos using just your cellphone from the “comfort” of your desk?

Is TikTok a Good Place to Scout Lifehacks?

Tiktok is the latest expression of the spirit of the internet, aka the Gen Z spirit. It is probably the most polarizing platform you know. TikTok often gets pegged as a posterboy for social media vapidity.

Critics do have a point. The whole point of TikTok isn’t to connect with friends, but to strike fame. Unapologetic fame-seeking is actually one of the characteristics of Gen Z.

TikTok has risen to infamy on the back of thousands of trends that could be described as vapid or even straight-up stupid.

“the whole point of TikTok isn’t to connect with friends, but to strike fame

There are two main points I’d like to make in TikTok’s defense:

  1. Play isn’t a bad thing as long as nobody is getting hurt
  2. There is amazing educational content on there

The platform’s management team seems acutely aware of its reputation. It has recently launched a massive initiative intended to pivot how it is seen. For the entire month of August, TikTok will be boosting the visibility of videos with the hashtag #learnonTikTok

These lifehacks are sourced from photography channels and TikTok creators. They mostly consist of crafty filters and clever angles.

Lifehack #1: The Frozen Filter

This was the favorite photo hack of YouTubers Alex and Alan Stokes. My personal opinion is that it looks really cool (pun unavoidable).

  1. Find a table with a glass top
  2. Get a bag of ice
  3. Model goes under the table
  4. Ice goes on top of the table
  5. Arrange the ice to surround your model’s face
  6. Sport a blue filter when you shoot
  7. Go nuts

This effect comes out looking borderline cinematic. The trick gets you special effects pictures that will do well on social media and have your followers wondering if they need to call 911. Little do they know …

Lifehack #2: The Contortionist

This trick is an optical illusion based on angles. Unlike lifehack number one, there are no props involved … Unless you count your friend’s legs as a prop. In a nutshell, you lie on your belly looking at the camera while your buddy lies on his back on top of you.

  1. Find a friend with legs that look like they could be yours
  2. Lie on the floor on your belly
  3. Ask your friend to lie on top of you with his head facing your feet
  4. S/he should be face up
  5. Place your camera about 2 feet away from you, also on the ground
  6. Make a constipated face for the full effect

This optical illusion is a simple, fun way to get a unique picture and uhm … bond with your friend.

Lifehack #3: The Instant Uyuni

The Instant Uyuni is named after the famous Uyuni salt desert in Bolivia. That link goes to an awesome music video by FKJ that was filmed there. This natural wonder of the world is literally a 500-mile mirror. People flock there from all over the world to take pictures just like this one.

Being the smart life-hacking individual you are, you can use this life hack to save the money your dear, sweet grandma would spend buying plane tickets to Bolivia.

  1. Get a second phone
  2. Place it directly under your camera with the long side facing your model
  3. Lock the screen
  4. Angle the two phones
  5. Tell your friends about the magnificent salt desert you visited in Bolivia

Life Hack #4: The Phantom

Did somebody call Bloody Mary three times in the dark? This creepy effect can be produced using the panoramic tool on your phone. It might involve a little finessing, but you will be impressed with the results. This is also one of my favorites.

  1. Get a friend
  2. Set your phone on panoramic mode
  3. Model should be facing you with her back to the mirror
  4. Pause while scanning horizontally AFTER the camera captures your model, but BEFORE it captures your model’s reflection
  5. The model should turn to face the mirror
  6. Finish the panoramic by scanning your model’s altered reflection
  7. Call a priest

Life Hack #5: The CD Flare

If you or your family has any CDs lying around, this is one way to put that wonderful shininess of theirs to good use. Solar flares are for beginners.

  1. Grab a flashlight and a CD
  2. Place them both near the camera
  3. Leave a tiny piece of the CD in the corner of the frame
  4. Adjust the angles so the flashlight is hitting the reflective surface of the CD
  5. Snap away

This one might take a few tries to get the angles just right, but it gives a striking effect that will be liked by all your friends and stalkers.

Conclusion

These photographic life hacks can be done at school or at home. They are beautiful and fun. Maybe you can even build a following by using these tips. How many likes did you get by using this article?

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How Knowing Philosophy Made Me $331 in Five Days

Knowledge of Memetics + Stock trading account = $300+ 🥱💲

For the entire month of March, 2020, the stock market was in the sh*tter. It was a month of uncertainty and fear.

So why on earth, heaven, and hell did I spent $400 as a broke blogger on some shell company I heard about on TikTok? A company that literally had $0 in earnings, by the way.

The answer can be found in philosophy. Laugh all you want, but understanding the concept of memetics is what turned those $400 into $731.

How I Married My Philosophy with the Stock Market

The company I bought into, VectoIQ, was a shell company that literally only had one purpose, to buy another company. It didn’t produce anything valuable by itself. On March 3, it announced it had found its prey. The company it would be purchasing was to be Nikola Motors.

Nobody was actually interested in VectoIQ, but those of us who heard about the merger announcement were very excited about the “prey”.

The philosophy part has to do with what the name of the company is, by the way.

Nikola Motors, aka $NKLA, is one of the first major hydrogen vehicle companies. It has a deal with Anheuser-Busch for 800 zero-emission 18-wheelers. For context, Tesla’s deal with the beer company is only 40 trucks.

In March, I was one of only about 12,000 investors who had heard of the merger deal. The price was only about $10. By the time I bought in May, the trading price for VectoIQ was $20. The price after the merger in July reached $78 per share.

All told, I made $331 in profit.

(It takes 1.5 months for the boy to nut up 😁)

What is My Philosophy and How Did it Make Me $331?

The logic behind my willingness to buy this stock comes down to a branch of philosophy that studies memes. Yes, really.

I first read about this idea in The Game by Neil Strauss. Mystery mentions it in passing at one point while blacked out on a couch in Vegas. It’s called memetics.

Memetics describes how an idea can propagate successfully, but doesn’t necessarily imply a concept is factual.

Wikipedia

Memes are much deeper and more powerful than we realize. As we casually fling cat videos everywhere, we don’t understand that we are actually engaging in a form of cultural natural selection.

What is a meme? It’s a slice of culture that is characterized by reproducing very very effectively. Memes are the cultural equivalent of rats (not casting judgement here. I’m just saying rats can make 1,250 babies in one year)

The Practical Application of Memetics

Since Tesla came on the scene, everyone who knows about the 20th century inventor Nikola Tesla is already associating his name with electric vehicles.

I knew this would mean that another company that makes a similar product to Tesla could easily go viral with a name like Nikola. Turns out, I was right.

Today, NKLA is literally called a meme stock within certain Reddit communities (ahem /r/wsb). They’re not wrong. They just don’t know exactly how right they are.

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This is not a paid post. Good.co Can Get You a Future Proof Job

Find the Most Satisfying Future Proof Jobs With Good.co

College grads across the world are on edge about the future they face. I’ve even heard rumors of AI lawyers terminating the profession of attorney.

If you are looking for the most future proof jobs out there, a good place to start might be “human resources companies” like Good.co. This platform is a hub of relevant information and networking capability for job seekers.

platforms are like factories for services.

Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable

Ford’s assembly line changed the world in the early 20th century. This revolution produced millions of jobs. Today, we live in a world populated with both different sorts of factories and different kinds of jobs.

To figure out where you fit into this brave new world of ours, asking yourself what your priorities are should be the first thing you do. According to Good.co, a platform that makes job-seeking funner and more visual, these priorities usually come in three flavors.

  • Compensation
  • Career
  • Culture

What makes Good.co better than Linkedin or whatever?

Being happy at work is all about matching your psychology to a routine that fulfills your emotional needs. Different company cultures express this in different ways.

This toughest of all business responsibilities is the domain of the human resources department. Human resources is all about psychology!

High-quality applied psychology

It is the quality of the psychology in their value proposition that makes Good.co such an interesting platform to play with.

High-quality psychology makes Good.co an interesting platform to play with.

Verse Lozano

Good.co’s UX actually feels like playing a game because it is so clean, dynamic, and colorful. As a fan of good design as well as practical psychology, this website stands out from other professional development companies to me.

This awesome career connections company produces archetypes that describe both individuals and companies as well as fun quizzes that let you find where you fit best.

Their miraculous blog

This website offers EXTENSIVE resources for job seekers. It doesn’t stop at just direct job profiles and applications. Their blog, created by (profession professionals?) has an insightful tip for everyone—data analyst to graphic designer.

They seem to have close ties with a website that specializes in startups called Angel List. This startup forum, whether owned by them or simply associated, provides a great email newsletter for anybody seeking startups to apply to.

Angel List and the Good.co blog have extensive blog entries with useful content such as 30 questions to ask before joining a startup

A Few of Their Coolest Blog Posts

Is Google Still Competitive With Microsoft, Yahoo And Facebook In The War For Talent?

Google has built a reputation as a supportive and innovative pioneer, but the New York Times wrote an article about how they could be overtaken in public perception by potential talent by companies such as Amazon and Facebook.

This article describes pre-2014 Google’s company culture as “Commando” style and new Google as “Collaborative Intergalactic Explorer” style.

 Link to article

Take These 7 Career and Lifestyle Risks in Your 20s and 30s

The gist of this article is that you are only 25 once. This is the best possible time for most people to move for work and learn new skills. It’s honestly kind of a fluffy article, but inspiring and more informative than you might think just because Good.co has a great writing team

Link to article

6 Reasons Why You Should Discover Your Personality Type

This article is made a lot stronger by the fact that Good.co hires psychologists to devise practical employee and company archetypes. This isn’t the point of this article however. The point of this article are actually more traditional personality tests such as the Meyers Briggs. Learning about your personality and striving for personal development can take you deep into the all-important search for meaning and motivation that matters much much more than money

Link to article

Conclusion

Does the flurry of technology thrown in your face every day feel like an assault on society? If it does, you are not alone. In a way, that is exactly what it is.

Imagine you lived in 1903. You are looking for the most future proof jobs during the second industrial revolution, and you are having little luck. All of the rules are being rewritten by Mr. Henry Ford and his conveyor belt.

The setting for your “future proof” career would have probably been a dense factory. The set of qualities demanded of you might have been mechanical pragmatism, assembly line speed, and a close tie to the community. Today’s future proof jobs require a different employee. Kevin Kelly, the founder of Techcrunch magazine and author of The Inevitable, Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that will Shape our Future, has a theory about how these new jobs might look.

He says that the nature of our industrial revolution can be found in cheap, ubiquitous copying.

In the spirit of cheap and ubiquitous copies, why don’t you hit that share button and show your friends and family how we do things in the 21st century.

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The Most Future Proof Jobs: Investing in Life as a YouTuber

Most future proof jobs aren’t as fun as this one

I am a travel YouTuber and all of my belongings make little sounds when I put them on or take them off.

Gear

Serious socks and shock-absorbing shoes

I chuckle when I hear my socks creak as I stretch them over my feet. I empathize with their complaining. They have just returned from 4 days of baking soda and boot-use. 

Like the socks, my Vasque boots kind of creak too, but theirs is more of a leathery whipping sound. You know what they remind me of? Old cargo ships raising sails. They are every bit as beaten and dirty but more noble for it, somehow. They were pretty expensive too, for the college budget I was working with at the time.

Practical pants

My pants snap into place. They are my favorite investment so far for living the digital nomad lifestyle. They cost more than a hundred bucks, but the thin, heat-proof, quickly drying material has kept its promise. Thousands of hours have been filmed for my channel, Alejandro Verse with a portable charger snug in these wide weather-beating pockets. 

Bulletproof bags

My 100-lb rucksack clatters and rustles. I can’t sneak up on anybody when I am in full YouTuber mode. Inside I keep clothes, accessories, filming stuff, and a collection of knives — LOL no, I kid. I do keep a multi-use tool at all times, though.

The rucksack holds … well … it holds two smaller bags! These are for everyday use. Think of it like this, rucksacks are for the Greyhound. Daypacks are for the Uber. Other digital Nomads know exactly what I’m talking about. 

My day bag is a Thule; which means it is clever, hardworking, and Swedish. The smallest bag is a fashionable leather satchel that I use when I want to blend in at social events but also film a bit. 

The Most Future-Proof Brands Sell Merch

This blog IS monetized 🙏

Affiliate Marketing

I’m very proud of the gadgets and tools I travel with. I’d recommend them to my brother if he told me he wanted to start traveling full-time. That said, the links in this article are monetized through Amazon using a practice known as affiliate marketing. Amazon sends me a commission through any purchases made via my blog.

Aside from this stream of passive income, I plan on rolling out a my own merchandise in 2022. The name of the store is Cyber Tribe.

Cyber Tribe

My accessories are a critical part of the brand. They provide the only flash in what is otherwise a solid-color “YouTuber uniform.” Like Steve Jobs and Einstein, I trade off between six identical shirts that I call my YouTuber uniform.

Juan Lozano holding cybertribe necklace made by Misak tribe

Good Luck Amulets

Because my personal brand is not a solid-color kind of enterprise, whenever I’m filming, I wear pins, earrings, and beautiful necklaces made by indigenous groups whom I work with.

To best rep the brand, my pins must always be either light blue or purple. Electric blue. Plum purple. These pins, badges, and necklaces that adorn my plain, red YouTuber uniform are vital.

Heady Pins

I have one pin that says ‘Start Today’ in bronze and one that says ‘Amor’ in graffiti style. The third pin is a tape measure.

I keep my earrings embedded into the same three-inch cardboard slip. My favorite among the earrings is a red badge of Gryffindor. 

The reason the accessories (man ornaments) are so important is that I am going to be selling them very soon as part of the brand’s merchandise.

YouTube doesn’t actually pay that much in most cases, did you know that? Many people don’t.

No. What you have to do to make money from YouTube is merchandise. (is that a verb? Can I do that?… doesn’t matter, I guess, because I just did 😉)

Conclusion (and a complementary tour of Bogota’s Graffiti district)

I am a dual citizen of the USA and Colombia currently living in Bogota. My YouTube adventures like the time my cousins and I shot fireworks are each other are how I spend my spare time.

The colorful, lovely people in my life and the unique opportunities I’m lucky to have are the context for my YouTube channel, Alejandro Verse.

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